Coppinger, Rev. Charles (Charley) Jr.
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48, passed away on February 11, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by family and friends. His death was very sudden although he had not been feeling well for some time. Charley had been a resident of the Greater Phoenix area since his birth on August 11, 1964. Rev. Charley had a Masters in Divinity and was ordained by Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria. He went on to become the first Chaplain for the Arizona State Legislature from 1997-2000. After leaving the Legislature, he was ordained by Community Church of Hope in 2001 and served as both Chaplain and Ambassador to the greater Phoenix community. He was awarded the Arizona Golden Rule Citizen Certificate, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, in March, 2004. He has served as a full-time Chaplain for the
since 2006. He was a counselor and mentor to many people and taught by word and example. He was the Founder/Developer and Facilitator of Fly!, a personal development and transformational seminar series. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton posted these words on Facebook: "Today the City of Phoenix lost a dear friend, Charles Coppinger. Charley, a former Arizona Legislature Chaplain, was a beacon of non-violent activism, love and acceptance in Phoenix. His spiritual counseling healed untold numbers of people. He was a voice of love and reason that will be missed. My heartfelt condolences are extended to Charley's sister, Cheryl, and to Community Church of Hope, the faith community that Charlie loved deeply." He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Coppinger, Sr., and his mother, Florence Root Coppinger. Rev. Charley loved unconditionally. He will always be remembered for his gift of inclusivity and acceptance of all. A Celebration of Life with picnic/potluck will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 11:30 am at: 4730 W. Piedmont Drive, Laveen, AZ 85339. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be given in Rev. Charley's honor to Community Church of Hope, 4121 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013 (www.communitychurchofhope.com) or
, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 (www.hov.org). To send condolences please visit www.WestResthavenFuneralHome.com
Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2013